Gentle root canal therapy may be the only way to save a natural tooth, your Carrollton, TX dentist explains
By Dr. Adnan Saleem
Preservation is our priority at Hebron Smiles. Did you know that you can comfortably and quickly save your tooth with a root canal in Carrollton TX? In fact, root canal treatment may be the only way to save a tooth that is badly damaged by decay or other trauma. Before advanced and gentle root canal techniques and materials were available, badly damaged or infected teeth had to be extracted. Extraction is always the last resort. As wonderful as today’s tooth replacement options (like dental implants) are, there is no duplicating the form and function of natural teeth.
Moreover, you’re fortunate to live in Greater Dallas and be so near to a multi-specialty practice. The Hebron Smiles team includes Dr. Blanca Lemus. A general dentist, Dr. Lemus has completed additional training and continuing education in endodontic services like root canal treatment. You can trust that the health of your mouth and beauty of your smile is in good hands. Not all dental offices have such expertise in-house. If you visited those offices, you’d have to be referred to another office with such expertise, which adds to costs, hassles, and stress. And, unfortunately, the very thought of root canal treatment can be stressful.
Root canal treatment has an (undeserved) scary reputation. Here, Dr. Adnan Saleem and Hebron Smiles dispel some of the biggest myths related to this common, gentle, and highly successful type of treatment.
Is root canal treatment painful?
An inflamed or infected pulp in the center of the tooth can cause severe and unrelenting pain; however, the treatment itself is not responsible for that pain. In fact, root canal treatment relieves painful toothaches. Your dentist relieves pain with root canal therapy by:
Furthermore, modern dentistry has many tools to make all dental procedures as pleasant and comfortable as possible; for instance, localized anesthetic is necessary to numb the tooth to be treated. Since the tooth is numb, you don’t feel anything! All the common sources of fear, including the sensation and pressure of dental instruments, are eliminated. Should you need a little additional help with getting comfortable, the doctors offer many different sedative options. You may choose to relax with laughing gas (nitrous oxide), pills (oral conscious sedation), or medication administered intravenously. Many offices may have one type of minimal sedation; Hebron Smiles has several to meet each patient’s unique needs.
Is root canal treatment a big and time-consuming procedure?
Many of our patients are surprised to discover just how easy and fast treatment is – it’s little more involved than a simple filling to resolve cavity troubles. Just like with fillings, the root canal procedure only requires one visit. Root canal treatment is associated with some of the most serious and painful dental conditions because it treats those problems. For this reason, the therapy is misunderstood and thought to be more demanding on patients’ time and bodies than a filling. Importantly, root canal therapy helps patients avoid those procedures that are more extensive, time-consuming, and costly. This may include emergency care for infections called abscesses, which can cause gum and facial swelling, and spread throughout the body. Extraction followed by dental implants to support tooth replacement options like crowns and dentures are also multi-step and multi-month procedures.
What can I expect after treatment?
Your dentist provides instructions on how to care for the treatment site while it heals and until you can return to the office to get your permanent restoration. Root canal-treated teeth should be cared for over the long term like natural teeth. With proper brushing, flossing, and routine check-ups, you can enjoy your natural (yet improved!) tooth structure for years to come. The sooner you visit Hebron Smiles and move forward with the appropriate treatment, the greater the odds are that our professionals will be able to save your tooth.
Call (972) 388-3320 to schedule an appointment at the Carrollton office. Hebron Smiles is conveniently located near major roads, and offers early morning, late evening, and Saturday hours to suit your busy schedule.